But my wife showed me something today that she thought was interesting. So I read it and agreed with her.
It was the story of a young woman who had ALS - a terminal disease - and had a short time to live. But she lived her last days as she chose.
Since she was fortunate enough to live in California - where medically assisted suicide is now legal - she planned and carried out her own two day going away party.
There was only one rule - no crying.
She and her friends watched one of her favorite movies and did what most people did at parties - had a good time. After all, no one had any illusions about why they were there.
At the end of the party she had herself rolled to a viewpoint outside the house and and died as she had chosen at the time she chose.
I think this is a wonderful social trend. I've seen too may friends suffer their last days in agonizing pain before succumbing. As a society we treat our animals better than we do ourselves; at least we can take a terminally ill pet and "put it to sleep." Why shouldn't we be able to do as much for ourselves?
There were comments at the end of the story - most of them laudatory. Most of them about how brave and realistically the woman dealt with her last days.
And while I'm a free speech person, I had a problem with a few of the negative comments that were critical of the fact that she didn't die "naturally."
Of course one day they'll have their turn to make their own choices.